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Lit Talk Feature: "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Historical fiction is the theme of December's lit talks, and on Wednesday, December 16 Regina presents "One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia. In the summer of 1968 three sisters travel from New York to California during the height of the Black Panther movement to reconnect with the mother who abandoned them years before. As oldest sister Delphine comes to terms with her mother's decision to pursue her poetry instead of yielding to a more conventional role within the family, she learns what community really is. It means drawing together to protect younger siblings, people's rights, and the knowledge and experiences gained while growing up amidst changing times. Middle-school readers and their families are welcome to listen and participate.

One Crazy Summer Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Amistad Press - December 27th, 2011

Gone Crazy in Alabama Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062215871
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Published: Amistad Press - April 21st, 2015

P.S. Be Eleven Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061938641
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Published: Amistad Press - January 27th, 2015

Lit Talk Feature: "Brotherhood" by Anne Westrick

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Historical fiction is the theme of December's lit talks, and on Wednesday, December 9 Regina presents "Brotherhood" by Anne Westrick. In post-Civil War Richmond, Virginia, 14-year-old Shadrach Weaver is a tailor's assistant desperate to learn to read -- so desperate that he secretly attends a school for freed African-American slaves. In exchange for reading lessons, Shad teaches the students to sew and gets to know those he teaches. A deep inner conflict develops as Shad tries to reconcile his feelings for the children while knowing he and his older brother Jeremiah attend nightly meetings of the Klu Klux Klan. This study of making choices between right and wrong during the period of Reconstruction is also a story of the complexities of friendship, family, and loyalty. Middle-school readers and their families are welcome to listen and participate.

Brotherhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142422373
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Published: Puffin Books - June 12th, 2014

Chains (Seeds of America Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416905868
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2010

The War That Saved My Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803740815
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Published: Dial Books - January 8th, 2015

Lit Talk Feature: "Heart of a Samurai" by Margi Preus

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Historical fiction is the theme of December's lit talks, and on Wednesday, December 2 Regina presents "Heart of a Samurai" by Margi Preus. This is the story of Nakahama Manjiro, a 14-year-old boy whose fishing boat sinks off the coast of Japan in 1841. When rescued by an American ship, Manjiro thinks he is on his way home, but instead sails to America with the ship's captain. Manjiro lands in New England where he lives for the next ten years, gradually making his way west and finally, back to Japan. Based on a true story, the book tells of identity, coming home, and returning to a place that represents one's own cultural heritage. Middle-school readers and their families are welcome to listen and participate.

Heart of a Samurai Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419702006
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Published: Amulet Books - February 1st, 2012

Shadow on the Mountain Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419711596
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Published: Amulet Books - April 1st, 2014

West of the Moon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419715327
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Published: Amulet Books - September 8th, 2015

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